(Photo by Getty Images. Stephen Strasburg and then-girlfriend now-wife Rachel Lackey after his introductory press conference last August. Can you believe Strasburg would rather spend his time honeymooning than shaking hands and kissing babies at NatsFest?)
"He was really disappointed to miss Fanfest, but personal stuff takes precedent, obviously, He's already committed to attending next year's Fanfest."
(Stan Kasten, via Nationals Journal, 01/22/2010)
Pfffft! Of course he was, Stan. Of course he was!
First of all, congrats to Stephen Strasburg and Rachel Lackey on their marriage earlier this month, as reported yesterday by Dave Sheinin at Nationals Journal. When the list of Nats Winter Caravan and NatsFest participants was released a few weeks back, we wondered why Strasburg was conspicuously absent. Maybe he'd make a surprise visit - like jump out of a cake or be "unmasked" as one of the Racing Presidents? Or maybe Scott Boras included a clause in his contract sparing him the aggravation. Or maybe Strasburg still wasn't comfortable with all the attention. Remember his comments after his first workout last August?
"Once I get into playing games and stuff, it should be able to die down. Hopefully it will die down sometime soon. I'm just a baseball player. It's not like I'm the president or anything."
(Stephen Strasburg, via Washington Post, 8/31/2009)
Or maybe *gasp!*...Strasburg and the Nats were concerned that he wouldn't be able to hide the limp from his gimpy knee?
But rest assured, Strasburg has a good reason. And Stan Kasten assures us Strasburg will attend "Fanfest" next year. Fanfest?
That reminds us: how is Strasburg's knee, anyway?